01/15/W – Treasures on Earth

Genesis 17:15-18:15; Matthew 6:14-24; Psalms 8:1; Proverbs 3:16-18

NT: “Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness, how deep is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:19-24‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

What is your primary pursuit? What has your heart? What do you have your eye on? What do you have your will submitted to? You are either pursuing God or you aren’t. You can set your heart to pursue earthly treasures, and you may get them… but those treasures last only as long as your mortal life. Or you can set your heart on God’s purposes and receive His blessing here on earth and have blessings in the life to come as well. You can fix your eyes on the Lord and be filled with light, or you can fix your eyes on earthly things and end up being filled with darkness. You can serve God and come under His hand of provision and protection, or you place yourself under earth’s economic system that offers no protection. You have the choice and God won’t stop you in pursuing your choice. So what is it going to be – “gratification” now or blessing for eternity?

Proverbs: “Long life is in her right hand; in her left, riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant, and all her paths, peaceful.” (‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

Wisdom is still the subject of this proverb – and not just worldly wisdom, but the wisdom that is offered by God. Godly wisdom (living according to God’s will, word, and ways) offers long (eternal) life, (heavenly) riches and honor, pleasant ways and peaceful paths.

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